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Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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4,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,248
Reviews: 2,104
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 195
Gots: 356 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is 6.2% when released in Europe, US labels say 6.9% due to labeling laws.

Many agree that the somewhat unpractical addition of this sometimes undesired yeast strain is what grants Orval its age worthiness, not to mention unique aroma, making it a one of the few beers worth cellaring.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-10-2012 14:35:12 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
Photo of Duff27


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Fluffy white three inch head on a slightly murky ruby-red beer. Tons of effervescence going on within the tulip. Clumptastic lacing and great head retention.

S- Undeniable Belgian yeast strain peppery spiciness. It's like a candied funk, hard to describe (albeit undeniable..yeah!).

T- Pale malts, "grape skin", some funk, bubble gum. So much going on. Tasty. Subtle sweet aftertaste. Hard to detect any alcohol, just want to keep drinking.

M- Creamy medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation bubbles.

D/O- The first sip of this beer is like a kick in the gonads but in your mouth. "What is this!?" Subsequent imbibing produces a flurry of happy chemical release in my brain. Really like nothing I've had before. This is classic. Highly recommended for Belgian beer fans.

05-10-2012 03:08:51 | More by Duff27
Photo of guezarka


5/5  rDev +19%

05-10-2012 02:24:11 | More by guezarka
Photo of jrjordao


3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

05-09-2012 12:48:38 | More by jrjordao
Photo of schwee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19%

05-08-2012 18:30:13 | More by schwee
Photo of whino


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-08-2012 15:17:58 | More by whino
Photo of Bobhoya


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-08-2012 14:40:37 | More by Bobhoya
Photo of KBennall


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-07-2012 05:54:19 | More by KBennall
Photo of orangesol


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-07-2012 05:38:57 | More by orangesol
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a tulip- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a 3-finger head, pretty decent retention, nice lacing. Fine looking Belgian.

Smell is nice- that patent Belgian yeast smell; earthy. Plus a little malt sweetness.

Tastes a little less exciting than I was imaging but you can really taste lots of different flavors- very well balanced. A little funk, a little earthiness, some nice pale malt sweetness, with a little hop bitterness as well. Great that you can actually taste the hops. A little stale though.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium body with full carbonation. Not my favorite golden belgian but certainly worth trying for the complexity of flavor. And an excellent beer.

Update: As I continue to drink it (it's been about an hour now), the yeast REALLY dominates the flavor; almost as if it's totally consumed the malt. Still some hops.

05-07-2012 01:06:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of siege06nd


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A. Pours a very cloudy brown orange color with a beautiful, consistent, pillowy two and a half finger cream colored head. Huge clumps of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass. Some light sediment resting at the bottom. Looks good.

S. Apple, pear, banana, clove, grape skin, and some hints of brown sugar.

T. Grape skin, apple, pie crust, some light hop bitterness. Very fruity and juicy.

M. Light bodied, highly carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, some lingering bitterness from fruit rinds and hops.

O. A very solid Belgian pale. Sweetness and bitterness and balanced very nicely here and this is definitely a refreshing beer.

05-06-2012 21:00:25 | More by siege06nd
Photo of antoines15


5/5  rDev +19%

05-06-2012 18:46:49 | More by antoines15
Photo of brewskifan55


4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a snifter

A: light amber with an off-white one finger head that lingers. thick lacing.

S: citrus abounds. Belgian yeast and malts

T: A citrus-y, orange and lemon mix. Smooth, with a hoppy backbite. Resin-y. Light malts. Floral. Refreshing. Complex, yet oh, so simple.

M: medium; creamy, frothy. Heavy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: Duvel with hops. A primo brew. A bit pricey, but worth a try. A great celebration sipper. Fill out your Belgian dance card with this old school flavor-ite.

05-06-2012 16:35:25 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Snowrs


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-06-2012 13:46:56 | More by Snowrs
Photo of Hanzo


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-06-2012 11:57:39 | More by Hanzo
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

A - Pours a bright golden color with copper hue and a very active apparent carbonation. The super creamy, white head has an excellent retention and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. The appearance of this beer is simply from heaven!

S - Smell is very complex. Dominated by yeast (clove, pepper and spices), it's also very flowery with a nice touch of sweetness besides some hop. I also pick out some dark fruits. A delight for the noze!

T - Taste is rather acid, quite lemony, mineral. I'm a bit disappointed since it doesn't feature all the complexity of the smell.

M - Medium-light body with very active carbonation on the tongue. It's a bit over-carbonated to my taste. The finish is quite dry.

O - Featuring an old school character, an amazing appearance and a great taste, this beer is such an experience. Unfortunately, the mineral and acid flavors are not my cup of tea...

05-06-2012 00:46:30 | More by duracell
Photo of vegasmac99


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by vegasmac99
Photo of Bibendum


3/5  rDev -28.6%

Orval has changed. It no longer has it's trademark peppery nose, and a head too big to contain that leaves frothy tracings around the edge of the goblet all the way to the bottom.
I have known Orval since 1979, when I worked for Merchant du Vin. It is a favorite beer that I rarely drink for reasons of cost.
However I received 6 bottles as a gift recently that were dated 20-5-11. And to my surprise there was no peppery nose, instead the smell of bubblegum. I did not have to pour with great care to contain the head, in fact I could and did pour it down the center. Something I could not have done 3 years ago.
So today I had one from another batch, this one dated 18-08-11. This one did not smell of bubblegum, but neither did it have it's trademark peppery nose or irrepressible head.
Orval either has a recent quality control problem, or they have intentionally changed their brew. In either case I'm unhappy. Bring back the old Orval, please.

05-03-2012 01:55:47 | More by Bibendum
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-02-2012 03:28:37 | More by rjpetrizzo
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-30-2012 21:02:07 | More by ixodus
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-30-2012 15:26:33 | More by BillyTWilliams
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-30-2012 12:56:50 | More by fostachild
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-30-2012 01:36:58 | More by martyl1000
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-29-2012 16:11:46 | More by astrickland
Photo of RES

New York

5/5  rDev +19%

04-29-2012 01:15:11 | More by RES
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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